Following the publication of the Rural Alternative Energy & Resiliency Report, Fall 2013, Eva Snyder, a long time karma yogi, 2012 YDC graduate, prepared the Guide to Eastshore Energy Sources. The report and the guide are the outcome of a 2013 Teck Service Learning Internship grant.
As Eva writes in the introduction, Kootenay Lake Eastshore is rich in natural resources. Sunlight, water, and forest can each provide the energy needed to light and heat homes and businesses – this is especially relevant as electricity prices continue to rise. Money spent in electricity price increases could instead be invested in the community through renewable energy start-up’s, beginning to gain autonomy from the grid, and generating income to reinvest. The Eastshore could own and operate its own renewable, clean energy generating facility.
Community-owned renewable energy projects can also create stable employment, through maintenance and monitoring. The technologies presented in this guide were chosen for their ability to draw on these resources efficiently, with less impact on the local environment.
By focusing in on this small group of technologies the guide aims to highlight the possibilities in our natural surroundings. This at the same time issues of long-term grid stability are addressed, and independent management of our own generation of energy are explored.
Each technology has varying degrees of feasibility, and this is outlined in its description, as well as general information for those who are unfamiliar with renewable energy.
Two versions of the Guide to Eastshore Energy Sources are available to you:
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